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Celtics – Cavs series preview

RedsArmyAdmin May 1, 2010 Uncategorized 4 Comments

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Celtics
(4th seed, 50-32)  vs  Cavaliers(1st seed, 61-21)

Schedule:

Game 1 – Sat May 1 Boston at Cleveland 8:00pm TNT

Game 2 – Mon May 3 Boston at Cleveland 8:00pm TNT

Game 3 – Fri May 7 Cleveland at Boston 7:00pm ESPN

Game 4 – Sun May 9 Cleveland at Boston 3:30 p.m. ABC

Game 5 * Tue May 11 Boston at Cleveland TBD TNT

Game 6 * Thu May 13 Cleveland at Boston TBD ESPN

Game 7 * Sun May 16 Boston at Cleveland 3:30 p.m. ABC
* if necessary

Season Series

Tied 2-2

10/27:  Celtics 95  Cavs 89

2/25:    Cavs 108  Celtics 88

3/14:    Celtics 93  Cavs 104

4/4:     Cavs 113  Celtics 117

Team Leaders (Regular Season)

Scoring
Bos: Pierce – 18.3                  Cavs: James -
29.7

Rebounding
Bos: Perkins – 7.6                  Cavs: Varejao – 7.6

Assists
Bos: Rondo – 9.8  
                 Cavs: James – 8.6

Team Leaders (playoffs)

Scoring
Bos: Pierce – 19.6                 Cavs: James – 31.8

Rebounding
Bos: Garnett – 8.8                 
Cavs: James – 9.2

Assists
Bos: Rondo – 10.2
                
Cavs:
James – 8.2

Who'll go off

Rajon Rondo – The Cavaliers are going to sag off Rondo and dare him to beat them.  This year, he's up to the challenge.  Ray Alllen and Paul Pierce will have their big scoring nights, but Rajon Rondo can be the most disruptive player on the floor and make Mo Williams' life a living hell.  Rondo will step up to the challenge, cause turnovers, and get the Celtics running.

Who needs to be stopped

Antawn Jamison and Anderson Varejao - The Jamison trade made me nervous as hell when it happened, and now we're starting to see why.  He averaged 19.4 points per game in the Bulls series and has now quickly become option 1A.  That's going to fall squarely on KG.  Meanwhile, Anderson Varejao kills the Celtics on the boards.  Keeping him off the offensive glass is a huge key to this series.  Limit that, and you're already going to put yourself in a very good position.

The C's will lose if

They don't play as a team.  Their defensive rotations need to be at their absolute best.  If they're going to turn LeBron James into a one-dimensional player, they need everyone on the floor to be on point.  On the offensive end, if they start going into hero-mode, they're going to go into slumps and the Cavs will run them out of the building.  They have to trust in one another and be there for one another… or else.

Prediction:

Celtics win, 4-3

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    I don’t know how many times I have told my wife “But honey, THIS is the biggest game of the year so far!”

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0120a53e7d0f970b Skitchy

    This is one great photo!

  • Sal

    I can’t objectively see the Celts winning this series. So I will happily turn my brain off for the next two weeks.
    Done.

  • http://www.palacegarden.info PalaceGarden

    I wonder how the series will end if it does do to 7 games. Who has the edge after 6 heavily contested battles? My first thought is the more seasoned team (Boston). But then I realize that Cleveland is full of experienced players themselves. Will it come down to will? Coaching? The best player? Defense?
    Makes my head hurt too much. I’ll just put my ten bucks on Celtics in 6 so I can avoid all the thinking.